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Jets look to be a in a full-season tank

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So what are the New York Jets thinking? Many think they’re thinking about positioning themselves to “earn” the No. 1 overall pick in the draft by tanking for the full season.

As noted by Charean Williams on Tuesday, G.M. Mike Maccagnan denies that. But what else is he going to say?

Sure, we know we’re not going to compete for a playoff spot this year, so why not compete for the top spot in the draft?

Tuesday’s moves feel like they were driven by ownership. Why else would a team dump two key veterans this late in the offseason, clearing $13.75 million in cash and cap space that likely won’t be spent this year?

That’s the other benefit for 2018. In addition to enhanced draft positioning, the Jets will carry that extra cap space into 2018, along with (per NFLPA records) nearly $9 million they currently have in 2017. So they can sign free agents and draft players higher in the process and hopefully (for them) turn around a team that has fallen for the upcoming season about as low as it could.

As noted by Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, owner Woody Johnson made the decision to cut Harris and Decker in order to save money in 2017. It also necessarily enhances the team’s position in 2018. Especially if it allows them to get the first overall pick and, in turn, perhaps their first franchise quarterback since Joe Namath.

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31 Responses to “Jets look to be a in a full-season tank”
  1. MichaelEdits says: Jun 7, 2017 9:37 AM

    It’s looking bad enough for Kap to block their phone calls.

  2. stuartscottslefteye says: Jun 7, 2017 9:47 AM

    Looks like the division is shaping up to be another trollop through the tulips for the Pats. Must be nice to play in the AFC East year after year.

  3. redclaw1314 says: Jun 7, 2017 9:51 AM

    When a team loses on purpose to enhance draft position over teams that are trying to win, the integrity of the game is severely compromised. This is a form of cheating, make no mistake about it.

  4. dspyank2k11 says: Jun 7, 2017 9:54 AM

    They WOULD be. what a joke of a franchise. I hope they get the wrong guy.

  5. joetoronto says: Jun 7, 2017 9:59 AM

    Tanking doesn’t guarantee anything though, you need to know how to draft.

    Look at the Buffalo Sabres, they tanked a couple of years ago and look worse than ever now.

  6. buttfumbles says: Jun 7, 2017 10:02 AM

    Smart move by the Jets, despite what anyone may say.

  7. schmitty2 says: Jun 7, 2017 10:02 AM

    How would “tanking” be any different than how they normally play?

  8. TheAfterParty says: Jun 7, 2017 10:04 AM

    Even as a Jets fan, I’m actually happy that Harris and Decker got cut. They can actually go play for a team that will fully utilize their talents. They’re better off with another team.

  9. zombiepatriot says: Jun 7, 2017 10:05 AM

    It is sad if a team is going into the season looking to tank.

    I have no issue if there are a couple of games left and you play the rookies and role players with no intention of winning because you at least give them live reps and experience. To approach a season with that mentality though is just sad.

    Then again the whole JETS organization is sad.

  10. factschecker says: Jun 7, 2017 10:05 AM

    You could go a step further and say they are in full decade tank.

  11. triptomlin says: Jun 7, 2017 10:07 AM

    Pats rule

  12. 700levelvet says: Jun 7, 2017 10:10 AM

    Would anyone notice?

  13. sgordon909usdm419 says: Jun 7, 2017 10:17 AM

    Jets, Bills, Fins…..NE is always guaranteed 6-0 in the division SMH

  14. murraysons says: Jun 7, 2017 10:26 AM

    Just wait, they will win some meaningless game late in year, get the #2 pick and whiff.

  15. Susan Imbriale says: Jun 7, 2017 10:26 AM

    The Jets

    Ha ha ha
    A dumpster fire

  16. bocadiver1 says: Jun 7, 2017 10:32 AM

    Bills, Jets, Dolphins…. yup, it’s little wonder why the Pats rule the AFC East. Wonder how they would fare in the NFC East.

  17. jonathankrobinson424 says: Jun 7, 2017 10:33 AM

    Jets don’t have to TRY and tank the season….it will happen on it’s own.

  18. bocadiver1 says: Jun 7, 2017 10:33 AM

    Bills, Jets, ‘Fins… wonder how the Pats would fare against the NFC East instead of those losers.

  19. redsoxu571 says: Jun 7, 2017 10:47 AM

    Makes me wonder if a Sheldon Richardson trade/dump is next…

  20. weepingjebus says: Jun 7, 2017 10:50 AM

    Pats went 17-2 and are on a current 10 game winning streak. Every division either wishes or are glad they are in someone else’s.

  21. guyjuneguyjune says: Jun 7, 2017 10:54 AM

    It’s totally baffling why anyone would give up before the season starts….or at anytime. Hello, San Antonio re-location! The Jets are betraying their fans like the Chargers, Rams and Raiders have done. Get the money is all they know.

  22. joamilblog says: Jun 7, 2017 11:16 AM

    I was just wondering as a season ticket holder if the JETS are also planning to tank my PSL or season ticket cost for the year

  23. pastabelly says: Jun 7, 2017 11:24 AM

    We pretty much know at this point that Sam Darnold will be playing for the Browns or Jets in 2018. Josh Rosen is the consolation prize.

  24. AngryHumanoid says: Jun 7, 2017 11:35 AM

    Given the Patriots have almost the same win/loss ratio in every division… they would fare exactly the same.

  25. markbul says: Jun 7, 2017 12:11 PM

    Wait… the Jets weren’t tanking LAST YEAR?

  26. intrafinesse says: Jun 7, 2017 12:11 PM

    Thank god.
    The Jets need to tank to get a decent QB.
    I just hope maccagnan isn’t around to do the drafting.

  27. intrafinesse says: Jun 7, 2017 12:13 PM

    I just hope they don’t win a meaningless game .
    Woody has to tell Bowels not to do that.
    And they should have not signed McCown, and instead start Bryce Petty.

  28. bobthebillsfan says: Jun 7, 2017 12:40 PM

    And to think they want to make Woody the ambassador to the UK. Sure as hell hope he doesn’t tank that.

  29. StevenKeys says: Jun 7, 2017 12:53 PM

    “Tank?” For what, a run-QB? Terrific.

    Only “Maggs (“O’Hooligan (Caddyshack)”)” knew how to use “tank,” as in, “Tanks for nuttin!'” But at least you didn’t use ‘awesome,’ Mike. For that I’m grateful (sigh).

  30. pbinpb57 says: Jun 7, 2017 6:46 PM

    bocadiver1 says:
    June 7, 2017 10:33 AM
    Bills, Jets, ‘Fins… wonder how the Pats would fare against the NFC East instead of those losers.
    I’d say they would do very well, the NFC East is definitely a tougher division but the cream always rises to the top.

  31. firerogergoodellnow says: Jun 7, 2017 7:08 PM


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